Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs


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There’s only one way to cook delicious country style ribs and it’s in your slow cooker. Grab a nice helping of pork ribs, barbecue sauce, and a few seasonings and get ready to put pull-apart tender ribs on the dinner table tonight. This ribs recipe is one you’ll want to keep handy as it’s sure to become a new family favorite!

Add different tasty twists on your ribs with my Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Ribs and Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Country Style Ribs recipes.

tongs pulling out one of the slow cooker country style ribs.

Why this recipe works

It can be tricky to cook ribs with perfect tenderness while maintaining flavorful juices. By using your crock pot and my recipe, there’s no doubt that you are just a few hours away from fork-tender country ribs. I like to use just a few warm seasonings like chili powder and garlic powder. I also use brown sugar to help sweeten the rub and sauce just a bit.

These country style pork ribs can be paired with just about any side dish, but you can’t go wrong with a nice helping of mashed potatoes and freshly cooked green beans (try my slow cooker green beans and bacon recipe!. Crockpot recipes like this take the guesswork out of how to slow-cook ribs and let you carry on your day.

Recipe Ingredients

ingredients for slow cooker country style ribs on a table.
  • Pork Ribs: I recommend using 3-4 lbs. of country-style pork ribs. You can use bone-in or boneless pork ribs.
  • Pork Rub: Kosher salt, black pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder are combined to create a mouth-watering rub for the ribs.
  • White Onion: This will be finely diced and added just before cooking time starts.
  • Barbecue Sauce: Just a cup will do, but you can always add more. We LOVE Sweet Baby Rays barbecue sauce or we use this homemade barbecue sauce recipe.

Step-by-Step Directions

four images showing how to make slow cooker country style ribs.

Step One – In a small bowl add the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper to make a spice rub.

Step Two – Add the country style ribs to the slow cooker and sprinkle this mixture over the ribs.

Step Three – Drizzle over the BBQ sauce and sprinkle over the onions.

Step Four – Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or until the ribs are fork tender. Serve immediately and enjoy!

serving of slow cooker country style ribs on a plate.

How to Serve

  • Serve the slow cooker ribs meal with desired sides such as mashed potatoes, baked beans, and/or green beans. They also taste great on a bed of rice, egg noodles, and the like. Try them with my slow cooker mashed potatoes!
  • You can also create a bbq sauce mixture to drizzle on top of the ribs just before serving.
overhead shot of serving of slow cooker country style ribs.

Recipe FAQs

What other flavors can I add?

Although these flavorful ribs are made as is, you can spice them up by adding red pepper flakes, add a bit more smokiness by adding liquid smoke, or use a smoky barbecue sauce. You can also use your favorite barbecue sauce flavor.

How do I store?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. They can easily be reheated in the oven or the microwave.

How many ribs fit in the crockpot?

It depends on the size of your slow cooker. I recommend using 3-4 pounds of ribs. If you use more, you’ll need to adjust the cooking time.

Can I use boneless country style ribs?

Of course! You can easily turn this into a boneless pork ribs recipe; just follow it as is. There is no need to use cooking spray, as the juice from the ribs and sauce will be enough.

close-up of tongs picking up crockpot country style ribs.

Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4
All you need are just a few ingredients to whip up these delicious barbecue-flavored country style ribs.


  • 3-4 lbs. country style pork ribs
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup finely diced white onion
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce


  • Add the country style ribs to the slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl add the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle this mixture over the ribs.
  • Sprinkle over the onions.
  • Drizzle over the barbecue sauce.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or until the ribs are fork tender.
  • Serve with desired sides such as mashed potatoes and green beans.


Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 1468mg | Potassium: 925mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Barbara Schwartz says:

    Can I use beef ribs instead of pork?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, beef ribs are great in this recipe.

  2. DALE GUIDRY says:

    5 stars
    OUTSTANDING !!!!! 5 STAR !!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Thank you!